Local Prospect Taylor Enjoys Rutgers Visit

South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) 2013 athlete T.J. Taylor was one of many underclassman prospects on-campus last weekend to take in a Rutgers bowl practice. Taylor, who has been at Rutgers twice since the end of the season, discussed his thoughts on the visits.

South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) 2013 athlete T.J. Taylor had a special connection with Rutgers well before he became a Division I prospect.

Coming from nearby South Brunswick, Taylor was just beginning his football career when Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu began making an impact up the road in Piscataway. Sanu, who played at South Brunswick, remains an exciting tie-in for Taylor and Rutgers.

"Watching Mo Sanu is real inspiring," Taylor said. "Knowing he came from the program that I currently am in gives me the belief that I can make it big at the next level. He's a great athlete but also a great person. He gives me somebody to look up too."

Taylor went to Rutgers for two bowl practices last week and came back with a glowing impression of everything from the way practices are run to off-the field work.

"I really enjoyed Rutgers," Taylor said. "... I liked how they made [visitors] a part of their every-day schedule. I also thought it was a real good idea to have a "film session" as a part of the day. I got to see how watching film on a D-1 level was like."

Taylor watched many Rutgers games in the last year, while living just a few miles away in South Brunswick.

"I like Rutgers program a lot," Taylor said. "Watching them practice is fun. I enjoy watching the starters on both sides of the ball compete. It gets real physical out there. All of the coaching staff and players are really focused during bowl week."

Taylor stands at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds and plays both wide receiver and defensive back for South Brunswick. In his junior year, he had 344 receiving yards and averaged five tackles per game.

Rutgers, he said, is recruiting him more as a wide receiver.

"My best assets on offense is my ability to separate from the defender," Taylor said when describing his game. "Also route running. Those two things make me a huge threat as a wide out. On defense, just my ball hawk instincts make me a great safety. I'm fast to the ball and a great tackler in open space."

Taylor has been in contact with South Carolina, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, he said, and thinks Boston College may be close to a verbal scholarship offer.

"They want me to unofficially visit their school on a different day than junior day," Taylor said. "Location isn't really a factor for me. Obviously being close to school is a great thing but getting away would be nice too, but Rutgers is a great school."

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